JOHN SELWAY

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The Road to Caddish Alpujarra, 2012

Watercolour & Gouache

Statement

Sometime ago I wrote: Art for me is the coming together of the imaginary and the factual ‘Fantasy and Fact’ – ‘Reality and Fiction’, this still holds. I think that throughout my artistic life this has been my guiding mantra. Occasionally the convergence has been through someone else’s input, as seen in my Gene Genet series, other times through observations I have made myself as in the ‘Beach’ series. Sometimes ideas merge as if I am creating a new reality as in the painting ‘The Conformist’. The realty triggers the memory of a film based on a book. This kind of reality is a constant in my work, even in my more recent landscapes where I have taken the factual reality of a mountain in the French Basque Country and produced a series of transformations based on the weather and the time of day. Changes in the work actually occurred during their making, others were transposed as they were happening, but in fact came from different times and were only partly attributed to the place. I feel in this respect I have some affinity to Dylan Thomas and Gene Genet, as both mix fact and fiction in their work, conjuring a ‘new reality’. An influence and obsession for me over a long period of time.

NB Image has reflection from Gallery – original image unavailable

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